Yearly Archives: 2014


January 2015 Meetings

Greetings Spacers, and a preemptive Happy New Year! Quelab has had a wonderful 2014, and the time has come to finish our annual planning process to set the direction of Quelab for the coming year. Come join us on Sunday 4 January 2015 at 5:05PM to sort through all the ideas which were put on cards the at the last meeting. Potluck to precede the meeting at 4:00PM. (agenda link here)

There will also be a separate meeting for the Election for the Board of Directors on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 7:00PM. This is a quick members-only meeting, but it is important, because a quorum of 60% of members is required for the vote to count. Members who are in good standing1 as of 17 January will be emailed a proxy ballot; you can either cast your ballot in person at the election, or return the ballot physically before the meeting.
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Quelab Hosted the NM Radio Collectors Club December meeting/potluck

One of the many things I’ve always dreamed of Quelab being, is a place various clubs and organizations which are inline with the interests of Quelab and the member interests could meet at.    Aside from the now semi defunct 2600 meeting’s this has not been realized as well as I hoped.  But the idea was kicked off in grand fashion by the visit of the New Mexico Radio Collectors Club (NMRCC) A dedicated group of collectors and restorers and repairs of everything from vintage console radios,  to the tabletop tombstone ones,  all the way down to pocket transistor, and some members are into the HAM aspects too.

The club held its annual potluck, swapmeet, meeting,  Show and tell, and club auction,  there were some beautiful radios.    They also had an AM transmitter connected to a XM radio playing classic 1920’s-1940’s tunes, for one of the restored console radios.

I snapped some photos of the meeting  There was actually a lot more cool stuff I never got around to snapping.
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More can be seen here on our flickr feed.

 


Join us for a Techmas Celebration!!!

 

Here at Quelab,

we’re pretty stoked to have

such an AMAZING group of people

all gathered together in the name of Make.

You know?

By the way, YOU make Quelab awesome and we want you to know we appreciate that.

So we decided to throw YOU a party, you Quelabber, you,

to say thank you and to celebrate maker-ness.

Please Join us for….

(an enthusiastic drum roll, please!)

TECHMAS 2014!!!!

 

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Questions? Comments? Email events@quelab.net.


December Potluck & Planning Meeting

Our December Potluck is fast approaching; 7 December 2014 at 4:30PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

This is the first-part of our annual planning meeting, where we brainstorm all the things we’ve done in the past year which were awesome, the things we could have done better, and the things we want to do again. Then we move on to new things we would like to do in the coming year. The January Meeting is where we prioritize all the things we discussed so the board has a focus for the coming year.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!


Retail Support

Greetings everyone!

If you ever buy things online, you can help support Quelab by using our Amazon or MakerShed affiliate links. By putting them in your bookmarks, and using that link, instead of typing them into the address bar, we get sent a smidge of money for each purchase. if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our (infrequently) curated Amazon shop.

If you like buying electronic components and kits from folks like Adafruit Industries and Sparkfun Electronics, we do quarterly buys from them where we charge you list price off their website (no shipping), and we make a bit of money on the sales. The only concern with these is that we do have to have a minimum order of $300 per order to be able to get the deal. Check the members list, or our Facebook page for announcements of the buys being scheduled.
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November Potluck & Meeting

The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2 November 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!


Arduino Afternoon (to be rescheduled!)

This class has been Postponed!

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System

Have you wanted to break into the world of programmable microcontrollers and hobby electronics? Do you want to get your feet under you with the help of fellow hobbists? Then join Quelab for an afternoon of Arduino learning, utilizing the Adafruit Learning System! Reservations close the Wednesday before, so we can have the Arduinos here in time.

This class will come with an Arduino learning pack from Adafruit (containing LEDs, Jumper Cables, a breadboard, resistors, a USB cable, and an Arduino), and participants are asked to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (as of this writing, v1.0.6) available for Mac, Linux, and Windows here. (We will have a limited number of loaner laptops available for those who need them).

What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment.
http://arduino.cc/

What is the Adafruit Learning System?
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year. The learning system is her online collection of tutorials on how to use the products she sells in any manner of different projects
https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System


Upcoming Class: Chain Mail

Chain mail is an ancient technique of wire bending and weaving into metal cloth. In the class we will cover how to make the rings by wrapping the wire tightly around various rods. Each person will be cutting the individual rings and then weaving them into a simple bracelet.

Depending on each persons individual skill we will be working with aluminium, brass and even stainless steel.

The class will last at least two hours depending on people’s dedication to this time-consuming process. I recommend committing to at least an hour and half of the class.

10 dollars for members
20 dollars for non-members

Register and sign up here –
Eventbrite link


Adafruit Group Order

Greetings, Spacers!

We’re getting together an order of stuff from Adafruit (one of our space affiliates) and if you’d like to help support Quelab while getting Nifty Stuff, check out their store, grab the price and item number, and then open up the Public Drive and let us know what you want in the Adafruit Group Buy spreadsheet.

We’ll be closing orders at Midnight on 11 October (23:59), and start collating the order. Since Adafruit doesn’t do backorders, we’ll reach out if the item(s) you want aren’t available. If we get an order of at least $300 together, we get free shipping and Quelab gets a cut of the price. You pay us, and we collect when the goods arrive.

Thanks! And Happy Hacking!